1. a recklessly extravagant consumer

    Synonyms : profligate, squanderer
    Type Of : consumer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, profligate, spendthrift
    Examples :
    • prodigal in their expenditures


  1. having superior power and influence

    Synonyms : overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating


  1. postpone doing what one should be doing

    Synonyms : dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, stall
    Type Of : delay
    Examples :
    • He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days
  2. postpone or delay needlessly

    Type Of : dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, delay, stall, dilly-dally
    Examples :
    • He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late


  1. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

    Synonyms : beau ideal, idol, perfection
    Type Of : ideal
  2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

    Synonyms : apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, saint
    Type Of : role model, model


  1. a natural inclination

    Synonyms : leaning, propensity
    Type Of : disposition, inclination, tendency
    Examples :
    • he has a proclivity for exaggeration


  1. (logic) a statement that contradicts itself

    Type Of : contradiction, contradiction in terms
    Examples :
    • `I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false


  1. completely free from dirt or contamination

    Examples :
    • pristine mountain snow
  2. immaculately clean and unused

    Examples :
    • handed her his pristine white handkerchief


  1. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

    Synonyms : beat around the bush, equivocate, palter, tergiversate
    Type Of : misinform, mislead


  1. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists

    Synonyms : catholicon, cure-all, nostrum
    Type Of : curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
  2. (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia


  1. intended to attract notice and impress others

    Synonyms : ostentatious
  2. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar

    Synonyms : ostentatious
  3. making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

    Antonyms : unpretentious
    Examples :
    • a pretentious country house
    • a pretentious fraud
    • a pretentious scholarly edition